Knysna, a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, is popular for its oyster festival and offers spectacular views from Leisure Isle to the Knysna Heads. While boasting tourist attractions like the Garden of Eden and Featherbed Nature Reserve, the place is also well-developed in terms of visitor facilities. Luxurious and budget travellers alike can visit Knysna for an unforgettable holiday experience.

Activities in Knysna, South Africa

Adventure-buffs can participate in a wide variety of activities and sports. Here, take a look!


Observing Knysna from a canoe is a different experience altogether! As the town has calm body of water, people can easily indulge in an exhilarating canoeing adventure. Travellers can paddle around Thesen Islands, navigate in the Knysna Waterfront in yachts, or take a tour of the Featherbed Nature Reserve. The view around is stunning and the clean, clear lagoon is one of South Africa’s treasures. For canoeing, as a general rule, participants should be good swimmers.

Kite Surfing

Travellers can participate in kite trips on the beaches of Knysna. The city’s Mediterranean climate is considered apt for the sport. Experts can go kite surfing from September to March. On the other hand, amateurs can learn kite-surfing from professionals at any time of the year. The perfect shallow flat water conditions make it an ideal venue for the learners. From Sedgefield to Plettenberg Bay, the Garden Route has innumerable kite boarding spots that meet the needs of both beginners and experts.

Bicycle Tours

Travellers can participate in bicycle tours to experience Knysna’s beautiful and picturesque surroundings. One can cycle along the lagoon, up the hill to the viewpoint of the Heads, and cover the town’s attractions. Knysna’s Waterfront is another great spot! Countless shopping options and a wide range of luxury yachts are also available.


One of the top locations in the country for sandboarding, Knysna lets you master the sport with absolutely no difficulty. The soft sand allows incredible turns and speed. You can ask the operators about the techniques of this activity. There’ll be expert instructions from the guides to help the beginners, when required. Sandboarding can be attempted by individuals and families alike. 

Whale Watching

Southern right whales and Humpbacks frequent the waters of the Garden Route between July and November. Individuals, who are not able to visit the spot during this period, still have the chance to spot Bryde’s whales, seals and dolphins in their natural habitat. The sight of these magnificent marine creatures awes people of all age groups.

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